Composer/singer/songwriter Gabriel Kahane’s classically-influenced folk pop musical stylings are as eclectic as the list of artists he’s collaborated with including Sufjan Stevens, Rufus Wainwright and Punch Brothers, to name a few. Discover why NPR says Kahane’s music “needs to be heard” and Rolling Stone qualifies his latest album as “one of the year’s very best” when Kahane performs in the Lied Center’s Johnny Carson Theater on Feb. 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m.
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Over the last decade, Gabriel Kahane has quietly established himself as one of the leading exponents of American song, grafting a deep interest in character and narrative to a keen sense of harmony and rhythm. On the heels of his major label debut, “The Ambassador,” Kahane now celebrates the release of his fifth LP, “The Fiction Issue,” an album comprising three chamber works performed by string quartet Brooklyn Rider, with vocal appearances by Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, and Kahane himself.
As a composer increasingly known to mine his songs for material in larger-scale works, Gabriel has been commissioned by, among others, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with whom he toured in the spring of 2013, performing “Gabriel's Guide to the 48 States,” an hour-long cycle on texts from the WPA American Guide Series. He has written three works for the 2016 New York Philharmonic Biennial, to be performed by the Interlochen Academy Orchestra, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and San Francisco Girls Chorus, and violinist Jennifer Koh.
An avid theater artist, Gabriel starred at BAM in the critically-lauded staged version of “The Ambassador,” directed by Tony-winner John Tiffany. That production was also presented by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, and by Carolina Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where Kahane has been an artist-in-residence since 2014. He is also the composer-lyricist of the musical “February House,” which was premiered in 2012 at the Public Theater, for whom Gabriel is currently writing a new evening-length musical theater work.
Kahane’s performances are generously sponsored by Nebraska Lottery.